Togetherness for the holidays is a gift in itself.
We all know this is true. Being together with family and friends during the holidays really is a gift. But my wanting to have a plan for everything brain read this as togetherness = having a plan, being organized, being ready, having supplies handy. Moms know that with all that is expected from now until the New Year a plan is essential. I believe it goes a step further. A WRITTEN plan is essential. My brain has so much swimming around it that if I don't write it down it's not going to happen or get done. I've tried using all kinds of free printables in the past and find that really all I need is a simple notebook dedicated to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years planning. I do make a paper pocket that I tape inside the front cover. That's where I keep my online shopping confirmations and store receipts. For those of you who like printables for everything under the sun, here's a great website with tons of free printables for planning your way to a "Together" holiday.
My holiday planner is gradually filling up with lists of gifts to buy, cookies to make, new recipes, homemade ornament ideas, Advent books to read and a big reminder on every page that there'll be a newborn in the house. Anything that gets checked off the list will be a good thing. So since the holiday planning in underway, so must the holiday candy eating. I'm heading off to have another piece of candy. It'll only be my third for the day, but the bag is slowly emptying. Hats off to a well-planned, enjoyable holiday season starting with Thanksgiving and ending with the New Year.